TORONTO (AP) -Goaltender Vesa Toskala signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs, hoping for a new start after failing to supplant Evgeni Nabokov for the No. 1 job in San Jose.
He signed an $8 million, two-year extension and will earn nearly $1.4 million next season. He could have entered the free-agent market next summer.
``I think it's a great chance for me here,'' Toskala said Wednesday. ``That's why it was good to get this done soon so now I can turn my full focus to getting in the best possible shape and be ready when the season starts.''
Toskala was 26-10-1 with a 2.35 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage with the Sharks last season. Toronto acquired the 30-year-old goalie at the NHL entry draft June 22 along with forward Mark Bell from the Sharks for first-, second- and fourth-round draft picks.
The Leafs have yet to declare Toskala their top goaltender, but the expectation is he'll get every chance to carry the load with incumbent Andrew Raycroft.
``It's a new challenge and I think it's also a good chance for me,'' Toskala said. ``I'm really excited. It's going to be a tough competition with Andrew, but still I think it's a good chance for me.''

Top NHL Public Bets

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail Stastny should give Note a jolt Over the weekend, St. Louis suffered an expected loss to one of the Eastern Conference’s bottom-feeders. Will Mike Yeo’s bunch regain its groove against the markedly...
Thumbnail Red-hot Florida faces off with Los Angeles Buoyed by the return of two key forwards, the Panthers have reeled off three consecutive victories. Can Los Angeles put an end to...
Thumbnail Two scorching squads meet on Long Island In recent weeks, the Rangers have cemented their reputation as the NHL’s most formidable road team. But can Alain Vigneault’s crew fend off a suitably...
Thumbnail Detroit enters dicey matchup vs. St. Louis The Blues are familiar with facing peril in 2016-17. Fortunately, they’re nowhere close to Detroit’s dire straits.
Thumbnail Rangers vs. Blue Jackets Prediction Will tonight's Rangers and Blue Jackets matchup be high-scoring for bettors when the two teams clash at 7:30PM ET?

NHL Team Pages